Job Announcement: Systems Strengthening Advisor
Location: Dar es Salaam
The Community Health and Social Welfare Systems Strengthening Program (CHSSP) is a
five-year PEPFAR/USAID-funded cooperative agreement led by JSI Research & Training
Institute, Inc. with partners Initiatives Inc. and World Education, Inc./Batwana. The program
is being implemented in 42 districts located on the Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar. CHSSP
aims to contribute to PEPFAR 3.0 goal of achieving HIV epidemic control by 2020.
Specifically, the project supports the systems strengthening priorities of the Government of
Tanzania (GOT) with a focus on improving health, wellbeing, and protection outcomes for
adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), most vulnerable children (MVC), people living
with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV), as well as key populations including men who have sex with men
(MSM), female sex workers (FSW), and people who inject drugs (PWID).
Within CHSSP, Initiatives Inc. is the technical lead on systems strengthening responsible for
improving relevant structures and systems in the public and private sectors underpinning
provision of health and social welfare services, and especially the continuum of HIV care for
priority and key populations.
The System Strengthening Advisor is responsible for leading the project’s technical support
to align all CHSSP systems strengthening efforts with PEPFAR 3.0 and the relevant GOT’s
national policies and guidelines. S/he will focus on improving the structures and systems to
disseminate and support these polices and guidelines within the public sector and among
relevant selected CSOs. The Systems Strengthening Advisor reports to the CHSSP Technical
Director and provides technical guidance for the Regional Public System Strengthening
Coordinator and the Regional CSO System Strengthening Coordinator.
Primary Responsibilities and Duties
• Under the guidance of the Technical Director, coordinate closely with the Technical
Team to ensure an integrated approach to implementation.
• Coordinate with the Regional Technical Advisor in order to guide and support the
Regional Offices for implementation of relevant activities.
• Keep up to date with all developments in the Government and TACAIDS related to
systems strengthening priorities that affect the mandate of CHSSP.
• Enhance the effectiveness and scope of CHSSP’s membership and participation in
relevant task forces, technical working groups, and coordination fora especially to
develop/update relevant policies, guidelines, and standards.
• Lead the design and implementation of the project’s health sector strengthening
interventions from the national, district, and community level with relevant
government institutions as well as private, for profit entities, local NGOs, civil society
organizations (CSO), community based organizations (CBO) and faith based
organizations (FBO) through CHSSP’s cascade approach.
• Provide timely and effective technical support to the CHSSP Regional Offices to:
o Ensure dissemination and orientation of relevant national policies and
guidelines at district, ward, and village levels through CHSSP’s cascade
o Engage relevant government district/ward/village structures through CHSSP’s
cascade approach to implement current guidelines for planning, budgeting,
and evaluation of health and social welfare services with a focus on increasing
participation of CSOs representing priority and key populations.
o Conduct orientation of CSOs to government planning processes to ensure they
are able to meaningfully contribute to local government planning and
o Support CSOs to identify and advocate for needed services for priority and
key populations and improve service coordination and quality.
o Assist relevant selected CSOs to strengthen management systems such as
planning and M&E and build resource mobilization capacity.
o Oversee technical support for increasing CSO engagement, advocacy and
coordination; conduct organizational capacity assessments and supporting
CSO capacity development.
• Coordinate with CHSSP’s Gender Advisor to ensure that gender concerns are
addressed in the systems strengthening work of CHSSP
• Guide the development of probation period plans and annual performance reviews
and appraisals for Regional Public System Strengthening Coordinators
• Build and maintain strong, collaborative working relationships with relevant
government stakeholders in ministries and national institutes.
• Ensure timely and qualitative contributions to the Technical Team for all necessary
reports including quarterly, semi, and annual reports.
Required* and Desired Qualifications
• A Master’s Degree or higher in business or public administration, social work, public
health, international development, or an equivalent field*
• A minimum of 10 years of successful experience as senior-level technical
advisor/expert in health projects of equivalent size and complexity, funded by USAID
– and especially PEPFAR – or by other international donors is required*
• Demonstrated experience working with Tanzanian government structures at national
and decentralized levels on planning and community engagement for health and social
welfare services resource allocation*
• Demonstrated experience working with Tanzanian NGO and CBO organizations to
build managerial and programmatic capacity*
• In-depth knowledge of health and social welfare services policy framework and
program implementation in Tanzania
• Have highly developed professional conduct and ability to build strong partnerships
with relevant national, regional and district leaders and represent the program among
other government and donor stake holders
• Proven ability to provide leadership to relevant national task forces and technical
• Proven ability to provide high level technical guidance to multi-disciplinary program
• Proven ability to work effectively both individually and as a team member
• Demonstrated skills in spoken and written English at ILR Level 4 or the equivalent
• Demonstrated experience producing high quality English-language communication
products such as progress reports, case studies, and research protocols
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office and other common software
• Ability to travel 30% of the time within Tanzania
• Tanzanian national preferred
Please submit your cover letter, CV, and three references to the below email address
referencing “SSA” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted no later than Friday,
June 17, 2016.
Email Address: InitiativesInc.Tanzania@gmail.com
Only candidates meeting the minimum requirements will be contacted.